Swedish filleting machine producer SEAC, which has already shown that small is no problem as its machines are capable of handling exceptionally small fish, has turned its attention to ensuring the belly cavities of processed fish are fully cleaned.
“Yield and capacity have for decades been the most important in this field of processing pelagic fish but in recent years the question of how to get rid of parasites and worms inside the belly cavity of the fish has become more important,” said SEAC’s Ulf Groenqvist.
SEAC, with more than 40 years of experience in H&G+T and filleting machines, started to re-develop some existing systems – the SEAC FPM-400 for smaller fish (15-40/50 pieces per kilo) and SEAC FPM-470 for larger fish (2/3-15/20 pieces per kilo).
The company’s engineers have run tests at processing plants in Russia and China, as well as at SEAC’s own workshops on the Swedish island of Öland, and now Ulf Groenqvist’s team are ready with their machines modified for belly cleaning, with options for both a system based on a older belly-cleaning method, and a completely new system – which is the option chosen for the first order for these systems.
“The first two complete automatic BC lines have been sold to one of the biggest canneries in the world and been delivered to two of their factories in Vietnam. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 situation, the lines have yet not been installed but hopefully they will be during September-November 2020,” he said.
“Whatever plans a processor has for processing sardines or mackerel, SEAC is able to assist, with either manually fed or automated processing lines, as have been supplied to the customer in Vietnam,” he said.
“In October SEAC plans to present this innovative system at PROPAK 2020 in Bangkok and at the China Seafood Show in Quingdao – depending on the Covid-19 situation.”